Friday, September 21, 2018

"Store Front II - A History Preserved" (Mini edition) is a Rizzoli Bookstore staff pick!

Visit their gorgeous Flatiron store to pick up an autographed copy as well as a copy of our "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York".

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Julius’, Greenwich Village, NYC

Julius’ located on West 10th Street at Waverly Place is the oldest gay bar in NYC and also one of the city’s oldest continually operating bars. Photo 2010 appears in our book “New York Nights.”

Our friends at the Historic Districts Council @hdcnyc are hosting a symposium at Riverside Church on October 1st titled “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Rethinking Sites of Cultural History” and will be discussing how best to protect and celebrate cultural landmarks like Julius’ which was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a significant site connected to the LBGT community in NYC. •

The conference will be:
Monday, October 1, 2018 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Riverside Church 91 Claremont Avenue (between W. 120 and W. 121 Streets)
General Admission: $15 / Students/Seniors: FREE (Breakfast and lunch will be provided)

Traditionally, preservation has focused mainly on architectural merit, but recently attention has been drawn to sites that have cultural relevance, which are often invisible to passers-by and left unprotected. Advocates across the city are working to raise awareness of a diverse array of cultural sites, from the Bowery to Arthur Avenue, Tin Pan Alley to Yorkville, and Walt Whitman’s house in Brooklyn to a recently discovered African burial ground in Queens. Just this year, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated the Central Harlem – West 130th-132nd Streets Historic District, which the agency describes as “not only representative of Central Harlem’s residential architecture, but the rich social, cultural, and political life of its African American population in the 20th century.” In recent years, Greenwich Village’s Caffé Cino and Julius’ Bar were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as significant and influential sites connected to the LGBT community in New York City; The New York Times profiled a historian giving tours of Muslim sites of significance in Harlem; and the City is commemorating some of our most storied and accomplished female citizens with the installation of statues in all five boroughs.

To register please visit:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Photography from our visit to Vanleeuwen Ice Cream's new UWS shop for 6sqft...

LINK to full article and photos:

"Ten years ago, with $60,000 on hand and no factory, Laura O’Neill and Pete and Ben Van Leeuwen decided to operate an ice cream truck in New York City. Instead of using gum stabilizers and fillers, they wanted to make their ice cream with all-natural, pure ingredients. The trio, none of whom have a culinary background, started testing ice cream recipes in the kitchen of their shared Brooklyn apartment. Today, Van Leeuwen has grown into a multimillion-dollar, multi-city dessert empire with numerous trucks and brick-and-mortar stores throughout NYC and Los Angeles."

Subway Inn was founded in 1937 and was located near the Lexington Avenue subway 🚋 line entrance by the Bloomingdale's Department Store

After 77 years at its iconic location, it was forced to relocate when a new development was planned for its 1880s building. We just went by the original building and are sad to report that it has been torn down to make way for a new development.

The Salinas family, who owns the #divebar took the original "Subway Inn" #neon sign and re-installed it in 2015 in its new @subwayinn location on Second Avenue by the Roosevelt Island tram. We are happy that they saved this gorgeous #neonsign! Photo above is from 2011 and interview with longtime bartender, Rodney Williams, appears in our book "New York Nights".